FOMA: Cultural Hackathon April 26, 2023
Don’t miss the 24 Hours Open Architecture Archives in collaboration with Architectuul,
Contineo 2020 Skopje, Docomomo Germany, Kaunas 2022 and with the support of LINA, which will take place from 30. April to 01. May 2023 from 14:00 to 14:00. Our Digital Champions will discuss and solve issues with mentors regarding digitisation of Forgotten Masterpieces (FOMA) in Berlin, Kaunas and Skopje. Link to the Cultural Hackaton HERE.
Forgotten Masterpieces will develop a new approach to share knowledge about architecture in the field of architecture via digital means. The project thus addresses the curious gap of audience development practices in the field of architecture as well as the disconnect between audience development and digitisation. Communication is at its core. The question the project asks and responds to is: How can we communicate and share architectural knowledge in the twenty-first century? The Cultural Hackathon will address this issue by leveraging the potential of an open digital platform for architecture communication through collaborative cooperation.
The project has three main outputs as its objective: to create a unique open archive to share architecture knowledge openly and freely on the internet through interoperable archives and other digital media formats to allow for the collaboration of experts and architecture enthusiasts; to build best practices to foster the creation and exchange of architectural knowledge, across different European countries and cultures and to create pan-European “digital champions“ in architecture research to be able to share expertise in online research and communication.
Frankfurt-Römerstadt settlement around 1930. | Photo via arquiscopio
To achieve this, FOMA has united a unique set of partners. As the leading project partner, Architectuul, will make use of its digital expertise and experience in open networks, communities, online audience development and communication and empower its partners to bridge the digital divide. The project can rely on the large international network of DOCOMOMO Germany, an organization with a proven track record for the documentation of Modern architecture. Kaunas 2022 and Contineo 2020 in Skopje stand for two very different European cities which epitomize the rich cross-cultural connections which distinguish sites of local cultural heritage in Europe and their legacy. The interest in FOMA is further underpinned by the strong support of further partners which range from museums and universities, to architecture platforms and online publishers.
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14:00 - 14:30 Welcoming FOMA presentation; programme overview (Frankfurt)
14:30 - 15:00 Programme overview (Skopje)
AFTERNOON SESSION (1st wave)
15:00 - 15:00 Issue #1
Mentor #1 Puzzle, Skopje (LINA Fellow)
Digital Champion #1 Mihajlo Stojanovski
Puzzle is a collective established in 2018. Adelina Fejza, Sanja Avramoska, Irena Lazarev and Valbona Fejza brings together a diverse range of skills and experiences to create unique architectural solutions. They received an Honorable Mention in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition 2019 for "Living in The Future," and took second place in the competition for "Sports Centre Vllazerimi" organized by the municipality of Kichevo, Macedonia. They have also won first place in the international 24h ideas competition by Ideas Forward for the theme "Knowledge", the 1st prize in the "Industry in the City" competition awarded by the Faculty of Architecture, UKIM in Macedonia, and they won the 2nd place in the international 24h ideas competition by Ideas Forward for the theme "Ocean". They have been selected as fellows in the Future Architecture Platform and LINA Platform.
15:30 - 16:00 Issue #2
Mentor #2 Allan Tevi Mensah, Lyon (LINA Fellow)
Digital Champion #2 Leon Konschake
Tevi Allan Mensah is an architect and a visual artist graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture (Ensa) of Lyon. After completing two semester in Madrid at the I. Politecnico of the Francisco Vitoria University, in 2020, he came back to France where he worked for the architecture and design workshop Cigue during one year. He carries out a personal practice shared between the architectural project and artistic creation, where eclectic mediums cohabit : from furniture to the scale of the territory, between built projects and research projects. He is interested in the imaginaries of displaced and borderlands territories, as well as the possibility of architecture as a collective mean of communication. He is currently teaching at the Ensa Lyon in the framework of the master studio 'Utopie/Dystopie'.
16:00 - 17:00 Issue #3
Mentor #3 Eduard Fernandez, Laura Solsona, Barcelona (LINA Fellow)
Digital Champion #3 Evaldas Vilkončius
Laura Solsona is an architect and urban designer. She studied at Escola Tecnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona (UPC-ETSAB) and Technische Universitat of Berlin (TU Berlin). From 2015 to 2018, she collaborated in the catalan studio Jornet Llop Pastor arquitectes. Later she moved to Australia and worked at Aspect Studios, leading projects in landscape and urban design in Sydney, from 2018 to 2021. She taught at the University of Technology Sydney in 2019. Eduard Fernandez is an architect and educator. He studied at Escola Tecnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona (UPC-ETSAB) and Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto (FAUP). From 2014 to 2021, he worked in Barcelona and Sydney, and collaborated with cultural institutions such as Fostering Arts and Design (FAD), Arquitectes per l'Arquitectura (AxA), Catalan Board of Architects (COAC), Barcelona City Council, and Casa da Arquitectura. In academia, he was a Research Assistant at the UPC Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning, and more recently a Teaching Associate at Monash University in Melbourne and the University of Technology Sydney.
17:00 - 18:00 Issue #4
Mentor #4 Meriem Chabani, Paris (LINA Fellow)
Digital Champion #4 Eyüp Özkan
Meriem Chabani is an architect, urban planner and founding partner at New South. Her practice is prioritizing spaces for vulnerable bodies and territories in tension. She applies the words of bell hooks, putting the margin at the center. By questioning power dynamics and stakeholder relations, her projects include in-depth work on human practices to inform spatial resolution. She currently teaches at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris Malaquais (FR), Royal College of Arts (UK) and HEAD Geneva (CH), after teaching urban planning at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH). She has been a guest teacher at Royal Saint Martins (UK), Mohamed VI Polytechnic University (MA), the Department of Architecture at the University of Algiers (DZ) and the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (ET). Since 2019, she serves as an expert on affordable housing and inclusive cities for the French delegation at the World Urban Forum. In 2020 she won a Europe 40 under 40 award from The European Centre for Architecture and The Chicago Athenaeum. In 2023, she is named one of the leading women architects in France by AMC.
Wrap up Afternoon Session 18:00 - 19:00 Talk: Matevž Čelik (Head of LINA)
Matevž Čelik is an architect, researcher and cultural producer in the field of architecture and design. He is currently State Secretary at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, where he is leading the process of modernising the Slovenian museum sector, the management of cultural monuments and the integration of quality architecture into public projects. At the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, he is the head of the European Architecture Platform LINA. From 2010 to 2020 he was Director of MAO, Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, where he founded the first European Architecture Platform Future Architecture and led it from 2015 to 2021.
EVENING SESSION (2nd wave)
19:00 - 20:00 Issue #5
Mentor #5 Daniel Languré, Mexico City (Correspondent)
Digital Champion #5 Mila Gavrilovska
Daniel de León Languré was co-founder of Diseño Espacial (2013-2019). In 2017 he started his participation as a teacher assistant and professor in universities in both Chile and Mexico. In 2019 he was commissioned as a curator of an Associated Project for the 2019 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and has participated as an Academic Representant in the 2020 Quito Panamerican Architecture Biennale. In 2021 his work was exhibited at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale as part of the Prishtina Public Archipielago and Co-habitats section. He is in charge of his independent practice Intermedio, an studio interested in the manner in which socially and politically relevant questions of Mexican society are raised through the architectural representation of utopian approaches.
20:00 - 21:00 Issue #6
Mentor #6 Florian Köhl, Berlin (SHA Fellow)
Digital Champion #6 Meriç Altıntaş Kaptan
Florian Köhl founded his Berlin office in 2002. A major trait of the studio's work is its constant search for ways of relating people through architecture with their urban surroundings. In this context, the offices spearheaded efforts to elaborate alternative architectural production models on an all but stale Berlin housing market in the early 2000s. They were instrumental in the development of a new building approach - co-housing - which foresaw the major involvement of their clients in the building process and lead to a new type of architecture fusing a client's creativity with the strong design vision of the architect. In order to understand the role of architecture in urban ecosystems, in 2015 he founded with Christian Burkhard the research-platform Quest. Florian was visiting professor at the University of Kassel, he researched and taught for several years at the Technical University of Berlin and the Bartlett School of Architecture, London. He is also a co-founder of the NBBA (Network of Co-housing Architects in Berlin), Teameleven and Instant City, Berlin.
21:00 - 22:00 Issue #7
Mentor #7 Sonja Dragović, Lisbon (Digital FAP Fellow)
Digital Champion #7 Gizem Şenel
Sonja Dragović is a PhD candidate and a researcher at the Center for Socioeconomic and Territorial Studies – DINÂMIA’CET-Iscte at the University Institute of Lisbon, where she is pursuing doctoral studies at the Department of Architecture and Urbanism as a scholarship holder of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. She graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Montenegro and completed the 4CITIES master's degree in urban studies at the Free University of Brussels (ULB) in 2015. Her research interests include socially engaged architectural practices, commons, urban social movements, and the interplay between activism and urban governance. Her own activist efforts focus on working with local communities toward improving participatory methods, public policies, and shared spaces. She is a member of activist and research collectives KANA/ko ako ne arhitekt (Podgorica) and Laboratório de Estudos Urbanos (Lisbon), and one of the editors of LeftEast.
22:00 - 23:00 Talk prof. Kyong Park, Seoul/San Diego [2086: Together How?]
Kyong Park is a professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego (since 2007) and was the founding director of StoreFront for Art and Architecture in New York (1982–1998); the International Center for Urban Ecology in Detroit (1998–2001); and the Centrala Foundation for Future Cities in Rotterdam (2005–2006). There, he co-produced Lost Highway Expedition, an expedition through nine major cities of ex-Yugoslavia and Albania in 25 days, in which several hundred people participated . He was a curator for the Gwangju Biennale (1997) and the Artistic Director and Chief Curator for the Anyang Public Art Project 2010 in Korea, where he curated 30 projects and commissioned 23 international artists, including Suzanne Lacy, Marjetica Potrč, Rick Lowe, Raumlabor, Lot-ek, Mass Studies, Chan-Kyong Park. Kyong Park was also a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University (1996/97), Visiting Chair of Urbanism at the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Architecture (2000-2001), and the editor of “Urban Ecology: Detroit and Beyond”. His solo exhibitions are Kyong Park: New Silk Road at the Museo de Arte Contemporàneo de Castilla y León in Spain (2009–10), and Imagining New Eurasia, a sequence of three research art exhibitions that visualized continental and urban relations between East and West, which was commissioned and exhibited at the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, South Korea (2015–18). He is the author of Urban Ecology: Detroit and Beyond (2005) and Imagining Eurasia: Visualizing A Continental History (2019).
23:00 - 02:00 Discussion with a break LATE NIGHT SESSION (3rd wave)
01:00 - 02:00 Issue #8
Mentor #8 Urša Komac, Sydney (Correspondent)
Digital Champion #8 Larissa Guimaraes
Urša Komac is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Academic Programs in Architecture at Western Sydney University. She is a registered architect from Europe and holds a BA in Architecture, MSc in Landscape Architecture from the University of Ljubljana and a PhD from Barcelona School of Architecture. She has worked as an architect and as an architectural critic for more than 20 years. She has taught at the Boston Architectural College, the Barcelona School of Architecture, the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney and Canberra. In 2018 she was a Visiting Research Fellow at Tokyo University of the Arts and a Marie Curie Fellow at the Barcelona School of Architecture. From 2015-17 she was a CI on an OLT teaching grant, exploring new paths for a PhD in architecture. In addition to several articles, she co-authored a monograph on architect Bogdan Bogdanovic. She received the Piranesi Award for the Rest Areas for the Bicycle Paths in the Slovene Karst with Spela Kuhar. Her Observation Points in Škocjanski zatok were recently selected for the 9th International Biennial of Landscape Architecture and nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award.
02:00 - 03:00 Issue #9
Mentor #9 Aleksandra Globokar, Melbourne (Correspondent)
Digital Champion #9 Monika Pociūtė
Aleksandra Globokar finished her masters at University of Ljubljana / Slovenia, in her hometown. She was one of the enthusiasts who were exploring and researching virtual world and our presence in digital media. For her thesis she earned the Preseren Award, the State’s prominent recognition of best undergraduate academic achievements. She has over 25 years of experience in interior design, fashion and freelance writing. She lived and worked in Croatia, USA and Australia. She’s currently based in Adelaide, Australia where she’s working as a Creative Leader in medium size architectural company.
MORNING SESSION (Wrap-up & Solutions)
9:00 - 10:00 Issue #10
Mentor #10 Merve Bedir, Istanbul (Correspondent)
Digital Champion #10 Huriye Armağan Doğan
Merve Bedir focuses on infrastructures of hospitality and mobility. A second line of work refers to the collective intelligences and imaginaries of landscape. She is a postdoc researcher in Critical Media Lab, Basel, and tutor at Design Academy Eindhoven. She holds a PhD from Delft University of Technology, and a BArch from Middle East Technical University in Ankara. She is a co-initiator of Aformal Academy in Pearl River Delta region, Black Book Assembly in Hong Kong, Kitchen Workshop in Gaziantep, and Center for Spatial Justice in Istanbul. Merve's current design project involvements include a smart agriculture facility in Ningde, and Postane repair and regeneration project in Istanbul. Merve curated Vocabulary of Hospitality, Istanbul and Rotterdam (2014 and 2022); uncommon river, Plovdiv (2015); and co-curated Automated Landscapes (2017-19). Her work has taken part in Istanbul Design Biennale (several editions), Urbanism and Architecture Biennale Shenzhen (several editions), Sao Paulo Architecture Biennale (2017), and Venice Architecture Biennale (2021); and most recently exhibited in Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (2023). Merve co-chairs Rethinking Partnerships panel of United International Architects Conference in 2023. Her work was funded by Prins Claus Funds, European Cultural Foundation, United Nations Development Program, among others. Her projects were reviewed in The Guardian, Metropolismag, Avery Review, and Frieze Magazine.
10:00 - 13:00 Presentations of solutions and review of the issues
Mentor #11: Yvette Vašourková, Prague (Correspondent)
Yvette Vašourková studied architecture and urban design at the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands as well as at Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague. She is co-founder of Centre for Central European Architecture (CCEA) and with Igor Kovačević she founded the architecture firm MOBA studio. She is member of Woking Group New European Bauhaus ACE. She was nominated as Architect of the Year 2016 by Czech Chamber of Architects. In 2019 she was a guest professor at L´ESA Paris. She is leading design studio at Archip, international school of architecture Prague and she is guiding students of doctoral studies at Faculty of Architecture, CTU Prague. She will conduct her post doc research as Fulbright visiting scholar 23/24 at Pratt Institute New York.
13:00 - 14:00 Summary, Final Remarks, Closing